Taylor and Skinner’s Maps of the Roads of Ireland. First Edition (1778)
Book ID: 65649
Taylor and Skinner’s Maps of the Roads of Ireland, Surveyed 1777. London: G. Nicol and Dublin: W. Wilson, 1778. First Edition. Pp xvi, 288 engraved strip maps on 144 leaves, list of subscribers. Large folded map of Ireland as frontispiece. Original full calf, sympathetically rebacked retaining original letter piece, new endpapers. A fine bright copy.
First edition of this handsome atlas produced by Scottish surveyors Taylor and Skinner. The maps were commissioned by the House of Commons in Ireland, and contain 289 pages of maps, engraved by G. Terry of London. The index for these detailed maps shows distances in English and Irish miles.
The maps themselves show copious topographical details, like forests, hills, farmland, mills, houses, churches, etc. The large houses also give the owners names. The authors felt it necessary to reissue the title quickly to correct deficiencies and a second, revised edition was published in 1783.
A seminal and accurate eighteenth century road atlas of Ireland.
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